Kristhielee Caride, Miss Puerto Rico 2016 will not be receiving her $3 Million earnings and her crown after a judge threw out the lawsuit that she filed in April alleging breach of contract and contractual damages.
According to Desiree Lowry, the national director of Miss Universe Puerto Rico, Caride got pregnant during her reign, was non-cooperative with reporters and did not use the salon that they provided instead preferring to use her own stylists which led the organizers to dethrone her and crown Brenda Jimenez, the pageant’s first runner-up as Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016.
Judge Eduardo Rebollo stated in his ruling that Caride’s behavior violated the terms of her contract with PR Crown Entertainment. “Her dismissal was justified and does not merit the restitution of her title as Miss Puerto Rico in the international beauty pageant of Miss Universe,” Rebollo said, according to Telemundo.
Caride’s lawyer said, “This wasn’t a surprise for me, rights and justice don’t always prevail in a trial. From my point of view, I am not surprised by Rebollo’s decision. It is an erroneous, wrong decision.”